ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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THE ARMY-Insatiable Appetite

sheer force of arms, but the circumstances that had given rise to the movement are unlikely to remain quiescent for very long. Basically what the recent developments in China, as also in other communist party- ruled countries, have demonstrated is that the movement towards market-oriented economic systems with greater opening towards foreign technology, trade and investment when it is combined with tightly controlled political systems constitutes a tailor-made situation for large-scale abuse of power and official corruption. Popular disaffection, disillusionment and explosive upheavals must therefore inevitably follow. If the economic policies that the Chinese leadership has pursued more vigorously than the leaderships of most other ruling communist parties arc not to be punctuated by recurrent blood-baths and if the serious distortions that must necessarily arise in the course of their implementation are to have a chance of being corrected before the political situation reaches an explosive pitch, the leadership has to show the ability and willingness to refashion existing political institutions and evolve new ones, much as Gorbachev has done in the Soviet Union, However, whether the group of near brain- dead septuagenarians who seem to have tightened their control over the government and the Communist Party in China in the wake of the suppression of the student movement have it in them to rise to the occasion is a moot question.

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